The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday released a statement confirming the retirement of Mohammad Amir from international cricket. Earlier in the day, a video surfaced on social media in which Amir said that he will not play for Pakistan again.
PCB chief executive, Wasim Khan then contacted the pacer about the matter. Mohammad Amir cleared it that he has no desire to play international cricket for Pakistan anymore and thus would not want to be considered for selection in the future. Amir was dropped from the T20 team for the tour of New Zealand.
“Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan spoke with Mohammad Amir this afternoon following reports that the fast bowler had announced his retirement from international cricket. The 29-year-old confirmed to the PCB chief executive that he has no desires or intensions of playing international cricket and as such, he should not be considered for future international matches,” said a statement by the PCB.
This is a personal decision of Mohammad Amir, which the PCB respects, and as such, will not make any further comment on this matter at this stage,” it added.
I am being mentally tortured: Mohammad Amir
The left-arm pacer was disappointed after being dropped from the T20 squad. Amir is unhappy with the management, in particular from the head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, and bowling coach, Waqar Younis. He says that he was ‘mentally tortured’ by the management.
Amir retired from Test cricket in July 2019 owing to workload issues. He picked 119 scalps in 36 Tests. He has 81 wickets in 61 ODIs and 59 wickets in 50 T20Is.
“Right now I am leaving cricket. I am being mentally tortured. I don’t think, I will be able to handle this kind of torture because I have been tortured a lot from 2010 to 2015.
“My personal decision to leave Test cricket was taken in a wrong way. My retirement was attached to my desire of playing T20 leagues. I was wishing to invest everything in white-ball cricket for Pakistan. But every now and then some one or the other person came out with a statement. Our bowling coach came out and said, I ditched them, somebody says work load wasn’t properly handled,” Mohammad Amir stated.
It is also being rumoured that the 28-year-old could settle in England and make an entry to the Indian Premier League(IPL). He applied for a British visa last year. His wife, Narjis Amir currently holds a UK passport, hence Amir is eligible to get citizenship in England. Since Pakistani players are not allowed to play in the IPL, this could be Amir’s path to play in the richest T20 league in the world.
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